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Renewal through international action? Options for EU foreign policy

1 October 2014
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)



Rosa Balfour, while mentioning that the European Union falls short of expectations to become a fully-fledged global actor, presents two options for EU foreign policy: a ‘do less but better’ option and a more ambitious one, of international engagement as a means for EU renewal. Sheholds thatthe next EU leadership will have to address energetically and with foresight relations with the EU’s neighbours (including Russia and Turkey). This will require consolidating the EU’s crisis management structures, dealing with energy matters (internally and externally), and will impose some long overdue thinking on European defence, both in terms of its industry and its existential purpose. Rosa Balfour argues that EU Member States cannot afford not to cooperate more closely on foreign policy, notwithstanding their lack of an appetite to do so. The choice is between levels of ambition. Feeding into that ambition a compelling narrative about a new form of international multilevel engagement, while also resting on the roots of peace-building, could become a source of renewal for Europe as a whole.

Renewal through international action? Options for EU foreign policy